Originally Posted by eishiba
The computer is rather old and Id like to avoid reloading vista onto the computer because I like to do macromedia flash 8 things and from my past expieence in reloading a operating system
This tells me that you have the Vista installation media, correct? If you do, pop in the disc like you would to install the operating system.
At the install windows screen, instead of clicking install now, choose the "Repair your computer" option.
It will then scan for existing windows installations, when it finishes go the next option (it is doesn't find any installations at all, then we have a problem).
It should give you the advanced recovery options, in which case choose the command prompt one.
In the command prompt window type the following:
See if this lets you boot normally, and try to get back into safe mode.
The reason the Restore your computer worked was because the virus was probably on your computer already for some time. At a certain, predetermined, time, the virus's code told it to go into effect and lock your computer down. Restoring the computer to a week earlier fooled the code into thinking it was, in fact, 7 days before the predetermined time, so it went to inactive state (make sense?).